A total of 561,595 primary four prospective students from 15,931 public schools in the country today Friday, December 17, 2021, are expected to sit for the National first Standardized Test to be conducted at 2,609 examination centres.
Previously slated for mid-November 2021, the first edition of the basic four pupils national assessment examination will be administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Friday before basic school students vacate.
“The 2021 National Standardised Test for primary four students will be written on the 17th of December 2021. As a result, all Basic schools will vacate on the 17th of December 2021,” the Ghana Education Service (GES) has said.
The Service in a release copied to EducationWeb.com.gh said amid the test, an extra one week will be compensated for during the next academic year to ensure students and teachers enjoy the number of weeks of the vacation period.
Following the outbreak of the global locally transmitted coronavirus and fast-spreading of the new omicron Covid-19 variant, the Management of Ghana Education Service (GES) has arranged for 200 students to sit for the test per centre
Commenting on the coming test, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum said he believes the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) responsible for the conduct of BECE and WASSCE will administer the exams smoothly.
“So after the conduct of the 2021 national standardised test by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), we expect over 90% of primary four students in the country to be proficient in English,” the Education Minister noted.
The impending national standardised examination, Mr Osei Yaw Adutwum said is to drastically reduce learning poverty he disclosed has amid the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic increased among students in the country.
“The test is to evaluate the primary 4 students on whether they can read or not and this will also help the central government to see the challenges that are confronting the country’s education sector,” the Teaching Minister added.
According to the Bosomtwe MP, results of the test in mathematics and literacy will be given to every single parent to monitor the progress of their wards. The provisional results he said will be available on a website for public access.
“We have a dashboard coming that will allow the Education Minister to log in and see the attendance of every district, to see how every district is doing and the results will be on the dashboard,” the Minister for Education told the media.